Ali Edwards' passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Popular blogger, memory keeping product designer, author of four books, mom to two kids, and navigator of the ups and downs of life, Ali is a frequent instructor at Big Picture Classes. She emphatically believes that telling the stories of our lives can change everything for the better.
"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I've just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width as well."
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ALI ANSWERS THE FIVE W's
Who are you?
I am in progress. I am re-envisioning my life. I am living day to day. I am working on being open. I am embracing change. I am finding the fun me again. I love my work.
What do you believe with all of your heart?
That expressing compassionate love, deep and open, even in the hardest of times, is the most important thing because we are all in this together.
When did you know that this was your path?
It's been an evolution. I do remember sitting down to the first day of my Graphic Design program at a local community college (after getting a BA in American History/Literature/Political Science) and knowing I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I loved scrapbooking from the first moment I started, when my son Simon was just about a year old. Bringing together words, photos and design—it's definitely a way of life for me now.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Probably my parents' house on the Oregon Coast. Family history + the ocean = win. Some days it's my backyard. Some days it's my bed or my couch watching movies with my kids, or a dark movie theater, or my offices, or an outdoor swimming pool, or getting on an airplane to embark on an adventure, or at a bar with friends.
Why do you love your life?
Freedom. Light. Family. Opportunity. Possibility. Adventure.
How do you do everything you do?
I try really hard to work when it's time to work and play when it's time to play. Schedules are my friend.